Welcome to the first edition of Coffee and Kick Ass, a new morning column that will include a variety of news and articles, or whatever else is going on in the MMA world.
News and Notes
- Seth Petruzelli has announced via his MySpace page that his fight at UFC Fight Night 8 on January 25th has been cancelled. Petruzelli was scheduled to face Hector Ramirez but Ramirez was forced to pull out after suffering an ankle injury during training.
- Remember to tune into ‘Inside the UFC’ tonight at 12 AM EST on Spike TV as Randy Couture will be making his “big” announcement. Reports have already surfaced stating that Couture will coming out of retirement to fight Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title.
- Lodune Sincaid has confirmed that he be fighting on the upcoming January 20th WEC card. His opponent at this time is still unknown.
- Yesterday on MMAWeekly Radio, MMA agent Ken Pavia reported that Ivan Salaverry is tentatively scheduled to fight on the April UFC card.
- Frank Trigg will defend his newly acquired Icon Sport middleweight title April 7th against UFC and PRIDE veteran “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.
- On the note of Robbie Lawler, it is expected that he will appear on the PRIDE USA show scheduled for sometime in June.
- Joe Doerksen will be making his PRIDE debut April 28th, 2007. At this time his opponent currently unknown.
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Here are some updates on the Gracie Fighting Championships:
- Wes Sims’ opponent will no longer be Mario Sperry. In his place will be Jeff “The Snowman” Monson.
- The GFC commentating team has been announced. Phil Baroni and Cesar Gracie will be technical fight commentators, and hip-hop celebrity Xzibit and Ryan Dunn of MTV’s Jackass will also be on hand as color commentators.
- Keith David will be the GFC ring announcer.
- The GFC has began podcasting online media appearances of its personalities in iTunes. If you have iTunes on your computer, you can subscribe to the GFC podcast after clicking here.
Here is the cast of fighters expected to appear on BodogFight: St. Petersburg.
Cain Velasquez (USA) vs. Jeremiah Constant (USA)
Roman Zentsov (Russia) vs. Kristof Midoux (France)
Josh “Buffalohead” Curran (USA) vs. Roy Nelson (USA)
Lee Sang Su (Korea) vs. Jarno Nurminen (Finland)
Steve Steinbess (USA) vs. Jeff Ford (USA)
Bill Mahood (Canada) vs. Khalil Ibrahim (Palestine)
Derrick Noble (USA) vs. Jake Ellenberger (USA)
Diego Gonzalez (Sweden) vs. Matt Thorpe (UK)
Yves Edwards vs. Mike Brown - USA
“Tornado Song” Song Un Sik (Korea) vs. Kultar Gill (Canada)
Kyacey Uscola(USA) vs. Joseph Baize (USA)
Rumen Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs. Piotr Jakakalzynski (Sweden)
Jorge Masvidal (USA) vs. Steve Berger (USA)
Tyler Jackson (Canada) vs. Petar Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
(125 lbs)- Rosie Sexton (UK) vs. Karina Damm (Brazil)
(135 lbs)- Julie Kedzie (USA) vs. Amanda Buckner (USA)
Both ‘The World Team’ and ‘The USA’ team will begin with 16 fighters and in the end they will each have 8 fighters after a series of elimination fights. In the end the final eight will clash on the March 3rd pay-per-view which is expected to be headlined by a bout between heavyweight superstar Fedor Emelianenko and Jeff Monson.
Phil Baroni traveled to Russia to accompany his teammate Cain Velasquez. Baroni stated there is a chance you could see him fight on the March 3rd pay-per-view.
Pride Fighting Championships has announced that “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni will take on former boxing champion, Yosuke Nishijima.
Phil Baroni is currently 3-2 in PRIDE and he is coming off of a loss to Kazuo Misaki at PRIDE – Bushido 11.
Yosuke Nishijima is currently 0-3 in PRIDE along with his MMA career. His most recent loss came to Evangelista Santos by rear naked choke at PRIDE – Final Conflict Absolute.
Frank Shamrock has announced that he will be fighting Phil Baroni on December 8, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
“I just signed to fight Phil Baroni on December 8, which is my birthday. I’ll be 34 years old, and I figure the greatest birthday present in the world I can give myself is knocking that idiot out and silencing him up,” said Shamrock. “It seems like Baroni is out there doing what he does best, he’s irritating people, and he has irritated me,” said Shamrock.
Yesterday Pride Fighting Championships held a press conference at the Fox Sports Grill in Irvine, California. The press conference featured the announcement of two fights along with the announcement of a many other fighters set to participate in the event.
The two fights that were announced were Mark Coleman versus Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against Coleman’s teammate Kevin “The Monster” Randleman.
In an unexpected turn of events Pride officials called upon former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. Apparently Tyson and the Japanese promotion have come to some sort of agreement which will feature Tyson fighting in some sort of exhibition match in the future.
Finally it was announced that Pride superstars Josh Barnett, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Phil Baroni, Kazuyuki Fujita, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva will participate on the October 21st card.
Phil Baroni recently sat down with MMA Weekly and cleared up a few rumors that have been running rampant for about a month now as well as giving some hints as to what he will be up to in the near future.
Baroni stated that he doesn’t believe he will be fighting in the UFC this fall. He did say that if he does return, he would love to fight Rich Franklin.
“Of course I’d like to fight [Rich] Franklin,” said Baroni. “He is the champ. To be the best, you have to beat the best. I know I match up real good with him, and I know if we fought, I would knock him out. The division is still real tough. They have a good group of middleweights right now over there.”
So what does Baroni have lined up that might actually happen? While he still has one fight left on his PRIDE contract, Baroni believes that he would be able to fight with another organization if he requested.
“Pride is good at letting their fighters fight in other organizations,” said Baroni. “Cage Rage is a great promotion, the biggest in England. I was supposed to fight there two times now, and it didn’t work out. I’m sure I’ll fight in Cage Rage in the near future.”
But here’s the best part, a possible bout between Baroni and Frank Shamrock?
“The guys at Strikeforce are hard at work trying to make it happen,” said Baroni about his proposed fight with Shamrock.
A fight between the two would be an absolute slugfest. Even though Baroni’s plans are different than what we originally thought, it’s going to be fun to see where the New York Bad Ass ends up in the coming months.
PRIDE’s Japanese web site is reporting that Kazuyuki Fujita will appear on the upcoming UFC 65 card which is set to take place November 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The article stated that Fujita has confirmed that he will be on the card.
Phil Baroni will also make an appearance on the UFC 65 card as well. On ‘The Underground’ Baroni mentioned that he is part of the PRIDE/UFC deal which will see him face a top UFC middleweight fighter on the card.
In an exciting night of fights at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, spectators were able to witness many of the favored fighters garner victories, with the exception of Phil Baroni, who fell victim to Kazuo Misaki, losing by decision.